Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Ariel Aloe, University of Iowa College of Education associate professor in educational measurement and statistics, is the recipient of the prestigious Mosteller Award from the Campbell Collaboration.

The Campbell Collaboration is a collection of scholars devoted to evidence-based thinking in the social sciences. Its members from around the world help inform the use of research-synthesis methods in fields from education to criminal justice to social work. The Mosteller Award recognizes career contributions, “given for an accumulated body of work with significant impact.”

Jonathan Templin, professor and E. F. Lindquist Chair in the College of Education’s Department of Psychological and Quantitative Foundations, says there are two notable features of this accomplishment.

Ariel is one of only two associate professors to have won this award,” Templin says, “and he is the first Latino to do so. The award further highlights the contributions Ariel brings to the field and brings additional attention to our program, college, and university.”

The Frederick Mosteller Award for Distinctive Contributions to Systematic Reviewing is named in honor of Charles Frederick Mosteller (1916-2006), who was the Roger I. Lee Professor of Mathematical Statistics at Harvard University. Many of his works in both theoretical and applied statistics are considered classic texts. Mosteller's work and influence have extended to other fields, particularly health care and education.

“Ariel’s clear-headed commitment to his own lines of work and to the principals of ethical, high-quality, and innovative science are just the thing Fred Mosteller, who was an advisor to me in one of my earliest funded meta-analysis efforts, would have respected and valued,” wrote Betsy Jane Becker, Mode L. Stone Distinguished Professor of Educational Statistics at Florida State University, in her nomination letter.

Aloe received his M.S. in Statistics with a minor in biostatistics in 2008 and Ph.D. in Measurement and Statistics in 2009, both from Florida State University. He has been a faculty member at the UI College of Education since 2015.

Aloe also serves as the assistant director of the UI College of Education’s Center for Advanced Studies in Measurement and Statistics, and he is a faculty member on the Applied Mathematical and Computational Sciences (AMAS) program in the Graduate College. His research has been partially supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF), Institute of Educational Science (IES), and the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Aloe’s research interests include developing and evaluating methods to assess evidence, in particular systematic reviews and meta-analyses methodology. He has authored or coauthored dozens of meta-analyses and methodological contributions and has held leadership roles within Campbell’s Methods Coordinating Group as well as in the American Educational Research Association.

He serves on the editorial boards of the Review of Educational Research and Journal of Educational Psychology, and he is an associate editor for the journal, Research Synthesis Methods. He also teaches courses in statistics, design of experiments, causal inference with observational data, and meta-analysis. In 2017, Aloe received the Thomas N. Urban Research Award from the Iowa Academy of Education. He is originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina, and has lived in the United States since 2000.

Aloe is also a member of several national and international organizations including the National Council on Measurement in Education, the American Education Research Association, the American Statistical Association, and the Society for Research Synthesis Methodology.